How to Graduate High School in BC

What are the required courses to graduate from a BC high school?

Graduating high school is a major milestone in most peoples’ lives. It marks the transition from structured course curriculum to real life. Post-secondary, and career planning in high school can greatly affect your experience after graduation.

To graduate with a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), students must earn 80 credits and write three provincial exams. The average course is a 4-credit course.

Of the 80 credits, 52 credits are required (including 8 credits of Career Education courses) and a minimum of 28 elective credits. At least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a required English Language Arts 12 course.

In addition to these courses, students must also complete three new graduation assessments:

  • The new Grade 10 Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
  • The new Grade 10 Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2019/20
  • The New Grade 12 Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2020/21

To see the required courses for each grade category, reference the table below:

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 8 PE 8 ENG 8 MATH 8 SC 8 SS 8
Grade 9 PE 9 ENG 9 MATH 9 SC 9 SS 9
Grade 10 PE 10* ENG 10*

EXAM

MATH 10*

EXAM

SC 10* SS 10*
Grade 11 ENG 11* MATH 11* SC 11* SS 11 or SS 12*
Grade 12 ENG 12*

EXAM

Career Preparation (8 credits) CLE 10*

CLC 12*

*denotes a mandatory graduation requirement

 

GRADE 8

In Grade 8, students typically enroll in English 8, Math 8, Science 8, Physical and Health Education 8, Social Studies 8, and three elective courses.

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 8 PE 8 ENG 8 MATH 8 SC 8 SS 8

 

GRADE 9

In Grade 9, students typically enroll in English 9, Math 9, Science 9, Physical and Health Education 9, Social Studies 9, and three elective courses.

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 9 PE 9 ENG 9 MATH 9 SC 9 SS 9

 

GRADE 10

In Grade 10, students typically enroll in English 10, Math 10, Science 10, Physical and Health Education 10, Social Studies 10, and three elective courses. It is highly recommended that students complete their Career-Life Education 10 course in this school year.

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 10 PE 10* ENG 10*

EXAM

MATH 10*

EXAM

SC 10* SS 10*
Career Preparation (4 credits) CLE 10*

*denotes a mandatory graduation requirement

 

GRADE 11

In Grade 11, students typically enroll in an English 11, Math 11, Science 11, Social Studies 11, and four elective courses.

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 11 ENG 11* MATH 11* SC 11* SS 11 or SS 12*

*denotes a mandatory graduation requirement

 

GRADE 12

In Grade 12, students typically enroll in English 12 and seven elective courses. It is highly recommended that students complete their Career-Life Connections course in this school year.

Physical and Health Education English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies
Grade 12 ENG 12*

EXAM

Career Preparation (4 credits) CLC 12*

*denotes a mandatory graduation requirement

Learners who are 18 years of age or older can combine credits earned at both secondary and post-secondary schools towards a B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood). Adult learners may also pursue a regular B.C. Dogwood Diploma.

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